THOUGHTS, DOINGS, AND SAYINGS OF THE RACE. 107
students, as a rule, are about equally divided between Baptists and
Methodists, but other denominations are also represented.
The teaching as far as possible is also confined to the simple truths
of the English Bible. Special stress is laid upon having the stu¬
dents receive practical training in applied religion, especially in
its relations to the industrial and moral needs of the masses of
the colored people in the "Black Belt." The simple presentation
of the abstract truths of the Bible from the pulpit is not all that
the masses of the colored people need. Not much religion can
exist in a one-room cabin and in an empty stomach. The prospects
now are that the attendance in this department will be greatly in¬
creased next year.
This institution perhaps never did a wiser or more helpful thing
than when it inaugurated w7hat is known all over the country as the
"Tuskegee Negro Conference," which has now held three meetings,
the objects of w7hieh have been the bringing together for quiet con¬
ference, not the politicians, but the representatives of the hard¬
working farmers, mechanics, teachers and ministers, to find out the
actual condition of the race industrially7, educationally7, morally and
religiously7, and to suggest remedies for present evils. The confer¬
ence devotes itself, not to the discussion of wrongs perpetrated
upon the race, but to the race's opportunities to better their con¬
dition. The good these conferences are doing is very apparent.
Some of the most urgent needs of the school at present are closer
attention to the improvement in matters that concern the nicer and
smaller details of the work in every7 respect; also during the coming-
school year much attention should be given to making the literary
and normal work more thorough and effective.
A building to contain sleeping rooms for 37oung men and recita¬
tion rooms are badty needed ; also a chapel that can be used for large
gatherings. Greater efforts should be put forth in the future in
securing an endowment fund upon which the school can rely in a
large measure for its income. Booker T. Washington,
May 30, 1894. Principal.